I’ve always wanted to write and publish a book.
That probably comes as no surprise to you. After all, I am a writer. People actually pay me to arrange letters and words in a pleasing manner. It’s work I enjoy and that I think I am destined to do.
Most people probably aren’t like me. They didn’t take journalism in junior or senior high school, weren’t on staff for one of their state’s top college newspapers (Thunderword!) and haven’t written for any local magazines or websites. Those same people probably assume that I’ve been educated in the finer writing arts.
I’ve never taken a writing class in my life. No creative writing, no screen writing, and I skipped all the introductory journalism classes, content to learn on the job.
I’m a writer because I write. What sets me apart from most people isn’t ability or talent (my vocabulary is no greater than yours) but in my want, and sometimes need, to tell the very stories that make our world.
From GetStoried.com –
Leaders lead by telling stories that give others permission to lead, not to follow.
We all want to look back at the story of our lives, and know that it made sense.
The stories we tell literally make our world.
You may not be a writer. Your medium may be painting, talking or sign language. There are no qualifications to being a storyteller, save one: you must tell stories. For too long, there have been barriers to telling great stories in a recorded form that can be easily passed on. Technology has helped the creation part of that, and now efforts like the Domino Project and Podiobooks.com are removing the barriers between the author and those that may read stories.
I don’t know what’s going to happen next. I don’t know when I’ll publish a book, but I at least know how and I’m practicing for when I’m really ready.
Are you? What happens to your stories when you’re not there to tell them?
I have at least one book in me. What’s in you?
(Disclosure: I’m on the Domino Project Street Team and
honestly don’t really know what that really means yet, except that they tell me stuff a little earlier than most others and I get a free copy of Seth Godin’s new book, which I would have probably bought anyway. I’m still in the process of figuring out how to use what I have to contribute to what I think is a great idea. I also know Evo Terra, who runs Podiobooks.com. I just really like the GetStoried.com shirt.)